Spawning Conditions Time Just Right for The Collegiate Bass Fishing Open

Spawning Conditions Time Just Right for The Collegiate Bass Fishing Open

By Cody Levy

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series preps for the fifth annual Collegiate Bass Fishing Open taking place on Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tennessee this coming Saturday and Sunday, April 18th and 19th.

As one of the most diverse collegiate tournaments among any circuit today, the two day, team format Collegiate Bass Fishing Open allows a team consisting of two boats and 4 anglers (2 anglers in each boat all from the same school) to compete. Each boat can bring in up to 3 fish each day for up to 6 fish weighed each day. In addition, there are three other team formats that are allowed for this event which are as follows:

A. 2 boats and 4 anglers (2 anglers in each boat)

- Each boat can bring in up to 3 fish each day for up

to 6 fish weighed each day.

B. 2 boats and 3 anglers (2 anglers in one boat and 1 angler in

other boat)

- Each boat can bring in up to 3 fish each day for up

to 6 fish weighed each day.

C. 1 boat and 2 anglers (2 anglers in one boat)

- Each angler can bring in 3 fish each day for up to 6

fish weighed each day.

D. 1 boat and 1 angler

- Angler can bring in up to 5 fish each day to be

weighed.

As we near the two day collegiate event, the weather patterns look promising for big bass to be caught in spawning conditions. As one of the best times of year to catch giant bass, Cabela’s Pro Clark Wendlandt spoke on how he catches spawning fish on Lake Chickamauga.

“In my mind Lake Chickamauga is one of the top five bass lakes in the country right now and I think the fish will be in full blown spawn for the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open,” said Wendlandt. “During the spawn, Chickamauga will fish extremely big with many small coves, creeks, and shoreline cover.”

Wendlandt added that he believes that “some of the best baits are going to be topwater baits, a floating worm, a fluke and any lure to sight fish with.  I would be looking for backwaters. Bass on the Tennessee River tend to spawn on backwater flats with some type of cover. Some of the flats will have grass and vegetation, some will have stumps, and some will just have shoreline cover. The bass want to be on those flats and places way back in the creeks and throwing a topwater lure or a fluke in those areas have been known to catch giants.”

The event will kick off on Friday, April 17th with a mandatory meeting with dinner provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, please visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com and check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CollegiateBassChampionship.

About the Association of College Anglers

The Association of Collegiate Anglers, a division of Careco TV, is a sanctioning body developed to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing.  The ACA provides support to dozens of school operated regional events nationwide and owns the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, the largest participatory collegiate tournament circuit in the country.  With dedicated collegiate fishing programming on several television networks, four nationally televised collegiate bass fishing events, and thousands of members, the ACA is the leader in competitive collegiate bass fishing.  For more information on the ACA, or the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com. For more information on CarecoTV, visit www.carecotv.com.  

 

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